When I returned from my eye surgery (it went fine) KUSP, Santa Cruz had announced the next step to deal with its debt and programming crisis. In a lengthy document, the KUSP Board announced six scenarios for voting members to consider. The full Board document [LINK] required 24 pages of printer paper.
For convenience the Board is calling the scenarios Pine, Maple, Plum, Fig, Walnut and Elm. This choice would make an Arbor Day speaker proud.
The Board is holding community meetings to hear citizen input about the six scenarios. Then, according to news reports, the KUSP Board will choose one “tree” – aka “plan” – and then the larger voting membership – dozens or maybe hundreds of people – will vote on it.
That is what is known right now.
GUT CHURNING SITUATION
Things are probably tense inside KUSP. So I am going to hold back on my comments and let things play out. Those of you who read my column, know I think Community Radio is often paralyzed because of its obsession with committees. This poor governance trait is a major reason for Community Radio’s irrelevance and lack of influence. You can read more of my reporting about KUSP here: [LINK]
I sincerely hope this path forward works out for KUSP. Some people are probably having sleepless nights as this drama plays out.
JUST A FEW QUESTIONS
I sent an email to Terry Green, KUSP’s GM, and have not seen a reply. This concerns me because I know Terry and he is a standup guy. To me, his lack of response indicates that things are very delicate and he doesn’t want to complicate things by making comments to the media.
Here are my questions:
• What will happen if the larger membership votes against the Board’s chosen tree/plan?
* How many people are voting members of the Board? How many people are voting members of the larger group?
• Several of the trees/scenarios rely on the notion of using KUSP’s translator at 89.3 FM – known in the Board document as the Santa Cruz signal footprint – to air KUSP programming after selling 88.7 - KUSP’s primary signal.
|KUSP 88.7 - PRIMARY SIGNAL|
In the document, the Board cautions:
But it’s important to keep in mind that as of right now there is no “Santa Cruz signal footprint” that we know KUSP could use.
Right! But, the Board plan continues to offer the Santa Cruz signal footprint as a valid choice. Unless a miracle happens, this process may take years. Isn’t offering this expectation disingenuous?
• How much time does KUSP have before bankruptcy forces it to cease functioning?